The China Syndrome
Apple's competitors have been releasing smaller form-factor tablets as they try to take market share away from Apple, to no avail. Even Microsoft (MSFT - Get Report) has entered the tablet market with its Surface tablet, as it seeks to compete with Apple.
A smaller tablet would no doubt be less costly, and that could help Apple expand its presence, especially as China continues to play a larger role in the Cupertino, Calif.-based company's future.Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White believes an iPad Mini would expand Apple's reach to price-sensitive customers and says some customers would likely enjoy the convenience of a smaller, lighter tablet. White also feels the education market would be "well suited" for a smaller iPad. Channing Smith, portfolio manager at Capital Advisors Growth Fund, thinks the device could sell around $249 on the low end and notes it would give more consumers access to Apple's products. "The
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